French immigration law does not contain any provisions that would allow foreign investors to become residents if they invested a certain threshold amount in France. French law merely provides that entrepreneurs may be granted a residence permit if their intended endeavors in France are economically feasible. The initial duration of such a residence permit may not exceed one year but it is renewable.
In an ongoing parliamentary debate on immigration law reform, the Office of the French President has communicated an interest in making France a more desirable destination for entrepreneurs by making it easier for them to obtain a biannual residence permit. In the fall of 2013, a bill may be introduced in Parliament that would grant entrepreneurs and other desirable immigrants a residence permit for an initial two-year period that could be obtained with little administrative effort. 
These principles for granting visas to entrepreneurs and other self-employed persons only apply to citizens of countries outside of the European Union. Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to reside and work in France, and certified long-term residents of other European Union Member States are accepted into France on the basis of that certification.
Prepared by Edith Palmer
Chief, Foreign, Comparative,
and International Law Division II
 Code de l’entré e et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile [Code of Entrance and Stay of Foreigners and of the Right of Asylum] art. R. 313-16-1, http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/initRechCode Article.do (click on the title of the Code under the rubric “nom du code”).
 Délivrance d’une carte de séjour temporaire pour raison professionelle, Service-Public.fr, http://vosdroits .service-public.fr/particuliers/F15898.xhtml#N10292.et (last visited July 31, 2013) (click on “Commerçants, industriels et artisans”).
 Débat parlamentaire sans vote sur l’immigration professionelle et étudiante, Pour la promotion de’l immigration professionelle, http://www.immigration-professionnelle.gouv.fr/a-la-une/actualit%C 3%A9s/d%C3%A9bat-parlementaire-sans-vote-sur-l%E2%80%99immigration-professionnelle-et-%C3%A9tudiante (last visited July 31, 2013).
 Code de l’entré e et du séjour des étrangers art. L. 121-1.
 Id. art. L 314-1.
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